How to Fix a Loose Wood Screw

You can repair loose screws in wooden objects (doors, drawers, toys, etc.) quickly and easily. You simply need to make the hole smaller so the screw can grip the wood. It's very easy to repair a hole with a tooth-pick. You only need: a screwdriver and toothpicks.

Steps

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    Remove the screw.
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    Insert a round or square tooth-pick all the way into the hole.
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    Bend the tooth-pick to mark the required length (don't break it yet).
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    Pull the tooth-pick out and now break it at the bend.
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    Replace the tooth-pick in the hole with the pointed end facing out.
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    Replace the screw and it should tighten up as if it was a new hole.
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    Repeat as needed. If the screw is still loose, repeat procedure with another tooth-pick.

Tips

  • You can dab a drop wood glue in the hole with the tooth-pick, put the screw back in before it dries.
  • If you have no tooth-pick, use a sliver of wood that fills less then half of the hole. In a pinch, soft plastic will do.

Warnings

  • Don't fill the hole completely or the screw may not seat right, or--even worse--the wood may split when you replace the screw!

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Categories: Furniture and Cabinets